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August 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

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Repairs give historic lightship a future


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The historic lightship Swiftsure is taken from drydock after 90-days of repairs on Lake Union. Built in 1904, it's older than the Titanic and was one of hundreds of floating lighthouses. Dockmaster Ron Frye at Lake Union Drydock Co. communicates with workers aboard the vessel as water rises to refloat the ship. Tugs then moved it to an adjacent pier Wednesday. The entire restoration for the ship with National Historic Landmark status is expected to be about a million dollars. It's home is the Historic Ships Wharf at Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park. For more information see: nwseaport.org

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Tugs move the Swiftsure from dry dock to an adjacent pier at Lake Union Drydock after repairs were made to the nearly 136-foot-long ship.

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